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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto Art Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary in Transformed Building
Exhibition Attendance Quadruples; General Attendance Doubles during Period
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA– The Palo Alto Art Center celebrates the five-year anniversary of its renovation this month and renews its mission to the community to provide a wide range of public programming, a dynamic slate of exhibitions, creative artmaking classes, and education-based school programs and tours.

Since the Art Center’s opening in its renovated facility in 2012, general attendance has increased almost two-fold, from 60,000 visitors per year to 120,000;  exhibition attendance has more than quadrupled from 9,000 visitors annually to 36,000; and volunteer hours have doubled from 4,000 hours to 8,0001.

“We can’t believe it’s already been five years!” says Karen Kienzle, Art Center Director. “We started with a vision for how we might reach more people in the community with quality arts programs through a state-of-the-art facility. Thanks to the work and generosity of so many community members, that vision is now a reality. We are so pleased to celebrate the impact our transformed facility has made!”

The nationally acclaimed Palo Alto Art Center temporarily closed its doors to the public on April 4, 2011 through the summer of 2012 to undergo a substantial $9.1 million transformation of its facilities and re-envisioning of its extensive programs in order to serve a broader public in its mission to engage the community in the arts as both observers and creators through exhibitions, studio arts, and education activities.

The Palo Alto Art Center’s transformation was inspired by the Center’s mission to engage the community in the creative process as both observers and creators through exhibitions and studio and education programs. The transformation enabled the Art Center to expand its programs and services to a broader base while maintaining its high level of quality and enhance its reputation as a leading regional art center.

The renovation of the Art Center represented a landmark public/private partnership between the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and numerous community donors.  

Now serving 120,000 residents annually, the Art Center combines both an internationally acclaimed exhibitions program with studio art, art instruction in painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, media arts, extensive art activities for school children including Project Look, publications, and a variety of public events including lectures, interpretive programs, and meet-the-artist opportunities.

About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 120,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

1Figures were calculated based on the Art Center’s last full complete fiscal year in the old building (FY 2010), compared with the most recently completed fiscal year (2017).

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